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Learn Spanish The Gringa Way

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  • Hey YOU, Yeah YOU heard me, I am talking to YOU, What’s it to YOU?

    = you (when speaking to someone informally, such as friends and
    family; who you know well) ¿Cómo estás?

     

     
    utsted = you (when speaking to someone politely or formally, such as an elder, a boss, teacher) ¿Cómo está?

     

     
    ustedes = you (when speaking to more than one person, can translate as “you all”) ¿Cómo están?

     

     
    vosotros = you (informal but mostly only used in Spain and one or
    two countries in Central America) ¿ Cómo estáis?

     

    Almost any form from a doctor’s office, school, employer,
    etc. will be written in the usted form. This is because they
    do not know you on a personal level and therefore use the
    formal form of you (usted).

     

    I would recommend not using the vosotros form (no offense
    to vosotros or the people who use it). I have found in my
    Spanish career and real world interactions that only people
    from Spain and Nicaragua use this format. For learning
    purposes, it is easier for you to stick with the other “you”
    formats. I mention it above as a reference so you are aware that it exists.

  • More or Less

    er & more = más

    In English, to create a comparison, we generally "-er" (cooler, happier, stronger) or add the word "more" before (more intelligent, more studious, more affectionate).

    There is no Spanish equivalent for the suffix “-er”

    In Spanish you put the word más (more) in front of the descriptive word:

    • más fuerte (stronger)
    • más inteligente (more intelligent)
    • más cariñoso/a (more affectionate)
    • más atento/a (more attentive)

    To indicate "less" rather than "more", you put the word menos in front of the descriptive word:

    • menos fuerte (less strong)
    • menos inteligente (less intelligent)
    • menos cariñoso/a (less affectionate)
    • menos atento/a (less attentive)

  • What Is The Difference?

    What's the difference between "cuatro" and "cuarto" in Spanish?
     cuatro = 4

    cuarto = 4th (forth) (ejemplo: the fourth floor = el cuarto piso)

    un cuarto
    = means 1/4 in a fraction context (un cuarto)

    y cuarto = 15 minutes after the hour (ejemplo: 8:15= Son las ocho y cuarto = quarter past eight)
    menos cuatro = The other 15 minutes previous to the hour (ejemplo: 11:45 would be: Son las doce (12), menos cuarto.

    un cuarto = "a room", in the context of a dwelling (house, apartment, hotel, etc)
     (ejemplo: el cuarto de baño = bathroom)

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  • Did You Know?

    Did You Know?

    Spanish words that end in “ería” denote some sort of business (shops).

    If you have ever traveled to a Spanish speaking country (or to Miami), I am sure you have seen many of these words. If you have not traveled to a Spanish country but plan on it at some point (recommended) then you can keep an eye out for these business names!Cafetería = Coffee shop (from the Spanish word cafe, meaning coffee)

    Carnicería = Butcher shop (the Spanish word carne, meaning meat)

    Cervecería = Brewery, Bar (from the Spanish word cerveza, meaning beer)

    Confitería = Candy store (from the Spanish verb, confitar, meaning to confect candy)

    Floristería = Flower shop (from the Spanish word, flor, meaning flower)

    Heladería = Ice cream palor (from the Spanish word helado, meaning ice cream)

    Joyería = Jewelry shop (from the Spanish word joya, meaning jewel)

    Lavandería = Laundry mat (from the Spanish word lavar, to wash)

    Librería = Bookstore (from the Spanish word libro, meaning book)

    Panadería = Bakery (from the Spanish word pan, meaning bread)

    Papelería = Stationery store (from the Spanish word papel, meaning paper)

    Pastelería = Pastry shop (from the Spanish word pastel, meaning pastry)

    Peluquería = Hair salon (from the Spanish word pelo, meaning hair)

    Pescadería = Fish shop (from the Spanish word pescado, meaning fish)
    Pizzería = Pizza parlor (from the Spanish word pizza, meaning pizza)

    Sombrerería = Hat shop (from the Spanish word sombrero, meaning hat)
    Zapatería = Shoe store (from the Spanish word zapato, meaning shoe)

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    Each class includes a copy of the The Gringa's newly published book
    "Learn Spanish The Gringa Way, The Easiest Way For English Speakers To Learn Spanish"

  • Did You Know?

    Did you know?

    Ecuador actually means equator in Spanish.

    Officially called República del Ecuador, this name literally translates as "Republic of the Equator". Because of its location at the equator, the country of Ecuador experiences little variation in daylight hours during the course of a year. Both sunrise and sunset occur each day at the two six o'clock hours.

  • Spanish is very literal BUT cannot be translated literally from English to Spanish.

    Spanish is very literal BUT cannot be translated literally from
    English to Spanish. Instead you need to think in a more abstract way when you want to translate your English thoughts into Spanish.
    Here are some examples to show you how Spanish is literal.
    • ¿A quien le toca?- Who’s turn is it (literally translates as, who does
    it touch?)
    • anteojos - glasses (literally translates to, before eyes)
    • echar la culpa- to blame (literally translates as, to throw the blame)
    • Tengo calor - I am hot (literally translates as, I have heat)
    • ¿Cómo te llamas?- What is your name? (literally translates as, How
    do you call yourself?)
    • ¿Cuántos años tienes?- How old are you? (literally translates as,
    How many years do you have?)
    • hacer la maleta - to pack (literally translates as, to make your
    suitcase)
    • cama matrimonial - double bed (literally translates as, marital bed)
    • guardaespaldas - bodyguard (literally translates as, back guardar)

  • You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover

    False Mirror Images

    Have you ever heard the expression, “You can’t judge a book by its
    cover”? Well in terms of alot of words in Spanish, this expression holds
    true. There are many words in Spanish that when read, look as if they
    resemble an English word. A lot of times people will see a Spanish word
    and think that just because it looks like the English word, that it has the
    same meaning. That is not always the case. Be very careful with some words, as the way they look does not translate to their
    meaning!

    Embarazada is NOT embarrassed. The way you say
    embarrassed in Spanish is avergonzado/a. Any guess what
    the real meaning of embarazada is? It means pregnant!
    Yikes, that is a big difference in meanings! And yes,
    you will feel embarrassed if you use the word embarazada instead
    of avergonzado/a!!!!!! This is probably the most widely used false
    mirror image and in my opinion the biggest difference in meaning to
    how the word appears and what the actual meaning is!

  • Spanish you already know but might not think you know!

    Have you ever been to a Mexican restaurant here in the States? Have you ever ordered food from Taco Bell™ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taco Bell) or ever heard of a state by the name of Florida? Then chances are you have already spoken and know some Spanish! Was it hard for
    you to place your order at the Mexican restaurant? Probably not. Why? Because when you go out to eat in a Mexican restaurant, it is second nature to you. You might not realize that by ordering “salsa” or your “enchilada” that you are speaking Spanish. Granted, you might not be saying “Me gustaría tener una enchilada por favor” (I would like to have an enchilada please) but by merely saying ‘taco”, or burrito”, you are speaking Spanish! Now you might not know what the words really mean but the whole point here is that you may know more Spanish than you think you do and you learned these words without any frustration or any inhibitions, right? That is the way you need to move forward learning Spanish. People get tripped up on learning things when they actually become conscious that they are learning or studying! They look at it as a daunting task or one that is going to require effort. Like I mentioned earlier, it is all in your mind and your outlook!

    Let’s go over some words you might already know:

    • sí - yes
      no - This is actually how you say no in Spanish!
      Hola - Hi
    • cerveza - beer (comes in a can, bottle, draft and keg)
    • taco - I would like a chicken one please with extra queso (cheese).
    • enchilada - Great menu item that usually comes with chicken, beef or shrimp
    • burrito - Bigger than an enchilada
    • chimichanga - A deep-fried burrito that is popular in Southwestern U.S. cuisine
    • tortilla - A tortilla is daily bread in Mexico – a flat, pancake-like disc made from masa harina or wheat flour and baked on a griddle
    • tequila - Needs no explanation!
    • piñata - Well known for being used at kids birthday parties where candy flies out when you hit it
    • amigo - As in the movie ¡Three Amigos!
    • siesta - As in I am tired and going to take a siesta/nap (note- siestas are taken seriously in Spanish speaking countries. When I was living inSpain, the city would literally shut down for two hours in the afternoonfor siestas!)
    • Los Angeles - Meaning (“The Angels") is the most populous city in California
    • Florida - You are probably a little stumped with this one. Didn’t
    • know this was a Spanish word? This comes from the discovery in
      1513 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León – who named it La
      Florida ("Flowery Land") upon landing there during the Easter season. (Pronounced FLOR-E-DUH in Spanish)
    • Puerto Rico - The US owned island (meaning rich port or harbor)
    • Livin' La Vida Loca - (Living the Crazy Life”) - is a song by Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin. You probably didn’t even think about this one as it went so mainstream in the US you probably forgot that you were actually signing or listening to some Spanish when this song came on!
    • Yo quiero Taco Bell - If you live in the US and haven’t been living under a rock, then chances are you have heard this very popular slogan! This slogan means “I want Taco Bell™” In Spanish. This slogan is a completely grammatically correct sentence in Spanish. If you have ever said this slogan, than congrats, you have already spoken a complete sentence in Spanish!

    Okay, so that was easy right? You already know some Spanish! Good,

    Now try and think of more words that you may know that are not listed here. You could be quite surprised at how much Spanish you already know!

  • Most Memorable Gringa Moment

    My most memorable gringa moment was at a grocery store here in Miami. I was buying really hot peppers (no big deal so I thought) but when I got the checkout the man bagging the groceries must have thought that is was so odd that a "gringa" would be eating hot food that he says to the cashier in Spanish ( thinking that I was a gringa that did not understand any Spanish).

    "Que pinta esa gringa comprando pimientos calientes" (slang that basically translates as "What right does this gringa have buying hot peppers")

    I am listening to him talk about me behind my back and then I said to him (in Spanish).

    "Ten cuidado senor, los gringos tambien pueden comer pimientos calientes" (be careful sir, as gringos can also eat hot peppers)

    Well he almost had a hard attack when I busted out with that in Spanish and was really shocked and embarrassed!!!!

    Bottom line....learn Spanish (the Gringa Way) so you can hear people talking crap behind your back and.... don't mess with a gringa who speaks Spanish!!!!

  • The Gringa Oath

                The Gringo Oath

                 Yes we are Gringos

                           Yes we embrace the word

                          Yes we can and will learn Spanish!!!!!!!!

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